Most people take license plates for granted.
They're something we slap on our
vehicles and never even give them any further thought. But they
can be quite
a collectible. There are thousands of serious collectors
Many are members of plate clubs, ALPCA.
This site focuses strictly on the plates of Arizona.
Right here in Arizona we have THE world's
highest concentration of license plate
collectors. According to ALPCA membership statistics, Arizona is
the leader in this
category with both Phoenix and Tucson individually having more
any other city in the world regardless of size!
Most collectors have at least some plates that
have been repainted. However,
the vast majority of the painted plates on this site are shown in
state, with the exception of just a couple that
are marked (rp) for repaints.
All plates on this site are for display purposes
only and nothing is for sale.
I am always interested in purchasing selected pre-1960 Arizona
to add to the collection. E-Mail: AzPlates@Yahoo.com
In addition to plates, this site contains (8) pre-1925 photographs of
in which the plates are visible. Two of these, both 1914s, show
plates currently in the hands of collectors today.
- 1912 -- First
year Arizona residents were required to register
- 1914 -- First
- 1915 -- First
plates marked Dealer.
- 1916 -- First
passenger plates to come in different lengths.
1916 thru 1922 varied in size according to how
many digits were present. Most of these years had
just 2 sizes but the 1922 plates came in 5 sizes
with the 6-digit being the longest at
- 1917 -- First
graphic, the steerhead. Some consider this the
first graphic ever to appear on any plate in
America although Pennsylvania had a keystone
graphic in 1916. It certainly is one of the
- 1922 -- First
year of county-coding.
- 1929 -- First
year vehicle registrations surpassed 100,000.
- 1929 -- First
commercial plates. Commercial vehicles from
previous years used regular passenger plates.
- 1932 -- First
year of the copper plates. Arizona is the only
state to ever use this material.
- 1939 -- First
person ever honored on any license plate in
America, Marcos de Niza (of all people).
- 1940 -- First
time the slogan Grand Canyon State appeared.
Except for 1945, it still remains.
- 1943 -- First
year passenger plates were not produced.
Windshield stickers used for the '42 base.
Windshield stickers also used in 1944 and 1946
since passenger plates were also not made in
- 1947 -- First
prison-made plates. Plates are currently made at
the Florence, Az. prison.
- 1947 -- First
- 1952 -- First
year pairs were not issued. Pairs also not issued
in '66-'68 and '89 to the-present.
- 1956 -- First
plates standardized in size. All current
passenger plates must be 6"x 12" for
- 1957 -- First
renewal sticker to
appear on a plate.
- 1966 -- First
fully reflectorized plates.
- 1973 -- First
year vehicle registrations surpassed 1,000,000.
- 1975 -- First
year of handicapped plates.
- 1980 -- First
undated passenger plates. The maroon cactus base
only has stickers that are dated.
- 2008 -- First
flat passenger plates. Started to appear in late